IR/DR Chief Welcome Letter

Welcome and thank for your interest in the IR/DR Residency Program at MUSC. We were fortunate enough to be recognized as one of the early adopters of both the Integrated and Independent Pathway as the training paradigm formally shifts in 2020.

 

The VIR division at MUSC has an illustrious history in the landscape of academic Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The division was grown by Dr. Renan Uflacker, a known expert in angiography and interventional procedures, and developed one of the most sought after VIR fellowships in the country. Today, the division has six faculty members, with expertise ranging from vascular disease, interventional oncology, musculoskeletal, and pain interventions.

 

The training programs for both the Integrated Residency and Independent Pathway develop well-balanced, confident, and able interventional radiologists. PGY-6 residents (formerly fellows) are granted ample autonomy and function as primary operator on over 1200  cases per year. High volume is ensured as we are the main referral center for the state, as well steady referral patterns from transplant surgery, trauma surgery, and oncology services. There is an integrated clinic experience as well as opportunities to participate in endovascular procedures with vascular surgery. Participation in educational conference and tumor board is a cornerstone of the program. Clinical support includes an admitting service and three full time APP’s for consults. Changes in the coming academic year include team rounds and a “fast track” clinic to expedite outpatient work up.

 

In summary, this is an excellent program for either the entirety or final two years of your training. If you want to experience the full gamut of vascular and interventional radiology- from biopsy, drainage, CTA interpretation, to high-end PAD, vertebral augmentation, and oncology work, this program will be a great fit. Perhaps the greatest strengths of this program is the camaraderie between staff, trainees, techs, nurses, and our diagnostic colleagues. We look forward to meeting you, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephen Bracewell

bracewel@musc.edu